Parker-area crime briefs
Shoplifter caught with cartridges
About 11:45 a.m. Oct. 15, officers responded to Walmart on a report of a shoplifter in custody. A loss prevention officer observed a 19-year-old woman select three printer ink cartridges and conceal them in her purse.
She attempted to leave the store when loss prevention contacted her and she admitted to taking them. She was issued a summons for theft.
Scammer tries extortion
Around 9 a.m. Oct. 16, officers responded to the 11000 block of Blackthorn Court on a report of a possible criminal extortion. During the investigation, officers learned a person received a phone call from a long-distance area code that morning. The caller had an accent and asked for information on family relatives, which was provided by the victim.
The caller then made threats against family members on the phone and demanded money. The victim called the respective relatives and verified they were safe and hung up on the suspect. Upon officers’ investigation into the case, it was determined the caller was a “scammer” whose tactics are consistent with the “grandparent scam” currently being seen across the nation, the police report said.
Threats lead to jail
Just before 5 p.m. Oct. 17, officers responded to King Soopers on a report of harassment. The victim stated he had received a threatening phone call from a 20-year-old man who said he was going to beat up the victim.
During the investigation, the victim received another phone call from the suspect, which officers answered. They requested to talk with the suspect, who agreed to meet at Sonic on Keystone Boulevard. Officers took custody of the man and transported him to the Douglas County jail without incident.
Basement window broken
Approximately 9 a.m. Oct. 19, officers responded to the 16000 block of High Desert Place for an attempted burglary. The reporting party stated he heard noises that sounded like a window being broken out on Oct. 18, around 11:30 p.m.
The reporting party observed a window in the basement was broken. There were no suspects.
Construction site damaged
A Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the 10600 block of Worthington Circle in reference to a criminal mischief to a house under construction. Upon arrival, the deputy contacted the superintendent for the site. He had locked the doors at 6 p.m. the previous night. He returned at 7 a.m. the next day and found the front door kicked in and the doorjamb splintered, allowing entry into the house.
The home interior was finished on all three floors, but there was no indication of damage or theft. He did not have any suspects, however, he believed it could have been someone who works there and just entered to complete some work.
Computer goes missing
About 8 a.m. Oct. 23, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to 9558 Pearl Circle on a report of a vehicle trespass. A 43-year-old man who works for Kaiser Permanente in Denver left his HP Elite computer in his truck in front of his house around 10:30 p.m. Oct. 22. He discovered it missing around 6 a.m. the next day.
He has been having problems with the automatic locks on his pickup. He believes when he locked the truck with the remote, one door did not lock. There was nothing else missing and no damage to the truck
Mailbox broken into
Shortly before 7 p.m. Oct. 26, a deputy responded to a report of a theft, later discovered to be a third-degree burglary, at the intersection of Tanglewood Road at State Highway 86.
The reporting party discovered that the neighborhood community mailbox had been broken into. The outgoing mail compartment on one of the boxes appeared to have been forced open. There was what appeared to be a black pry mark on the frame near the lock and the forced compartment was empty.